North Brentwood was the first African American town to become part of Prince George’s County when it was incorporated in 1924. Over time and out of necessity, this historic enclave has been home and host to famous citizens, athletes, and musicians — like Sis’s Tavern that hosted Duke Ellington.
The Old Greenbelt Theatre is using a Heritage Fund grant to create a docuseries on interesting aspects of Maryland history that run before shows at the historic National Historical Landmark theatre in Prince George’s County.
Heritage Fund Highlight: Main Street Middletown to Purchase Two Main Street Buildings
On May 4, 2018, Becky Axilbund, manager of Main Street Middletown, accepted the $10,000 Heritage Fund grant from Preservation Maryland Executive Director, Nicholas Redding and Nell Ziehl, Chief, Office of Planning, Education, and Outreach at the Maryland Historical Trust. Later, Burgess John Miller read a proclamation in honor of Preservation Month at the Monthly Burgess and Commissioners Workshop.
Main Street Middletown was awarded the $10,000 Heritage Fund grant in support of their ongoing efforts to purchase and protect two historic buildings in the Middletown Historic District. Both 19 and 21 West Main Street stand out along the street for their small size and distinctive features. Main Street Middletown seeks to purchase the buildings both to preserve them for the future, but also to show the value of preservation to the community. The organization is currently occupying the building and working to finalize their fundraising efforts towards completing the purchase.
Main Street Middletown is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and certified Main Street. Over the years, Main Street Middleton has done extensive outreach to encourage business owners in the Historic District to use a preservation approach when working on their building including providing training and producing a book highlighting the architectural history of the community.
ABOUT THE HERITAGE FUND
The Heritage Fund is a cooperative effort of Preservation Maryland and the Maryland Historical Trust and provides direct assistance for the protection of historical and cultural resources and promotes innovative demonstration projects that can be successfully replicated to meet Maryland’s historic preservation needs. The Fund is intended to serve the needs of tangible cultural resources in Maryland. Historic sites, buildings, districts, objects, and archaeological resources are all eligible for funding.